It’s a dog’s life – 200 mile trip to Teddy’s new home

Ruth Wright, from Harrogate, with her new Yorkshire terrier Teddy (S)
Ruth Wright, from Harrogate, with her new Yorkshire terrier Teddy (S)

A Harrogate woman has welcomed a new member into her family after volunteers helped transport a rescue dog from London to Harrogate.

Animal-lover Ruth Wright lost her beloved 15-year-old Yorkshire terrier Scooby a few months ago, and was desperate to find another Yorkie.

But as Mrs Wright does not use the internet or drive, she was finding it hard to find a rescue dog she could adopt until she contacted Bewerley based Moorview Rescue Centre run by Joanne Brydon.

Mrs Wright said: “I really wanted another Yorkie after Scooby died. Something told me I had to do this because I just couldn’t stop crying.

“I started ringing round rescue centres and eventually got Jo.”

Moorview’s Joanne Brydon and her daughter Victoria set to work hunting out a Yorkie in need of a home.

Victoria soon tracked down Freddie, a six year old terrier who had lost his home when his elderly owner had to move into a care home.

But at the time Freddie was housed in a rescue centre in London, and Joanne and Victoria had work hard to convince the London centre to let the dog go to a new home out of the area.

They showed picture of Freddie to Mrs Wright, who soon fell in love with the dog and persuaded the London centre to let her adopt the dog.

But then with Freddie hundreds of miles away in London Mrs Wright and Moorview had to find a way of transporting the dog to his new home in Harrogate.

Joanne and Victoria took to their Facebook page to appeal for volunteers to help bring him North.

They posted an urgent transport page, and soon had volunteers offering to drive Freddie on various legs of the journey from London to Harrogate and within days he was united with his new owner.

Mrs Wright said: “ He’s lovely, he’s just gorgeous.

“I didn’t think I was going to get him for a while because the lady in London made up her mind she wasn’t going to part with him.”

After an emotional arrival at Mrs Wright’s Harrogate home Freddie, now called Teddy, is firmly settled in to his new home with his new owners.

Mrs Wright added: “I am so grateful to the volunteers who brought him up here.”

And Joanne and Victoria have thanked the volunteers who helped out as well.

They posted another update on Moorview’s Facebook page saying:

“We were thrilled by the response and have now arranged to collect Freddie tomorrow from London.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has offered their help.”